The following is a review of our apologetics meeting on September 24th. Most of the information comes directly from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (see #7 for link).
1) To engage in pro-life apologetics means to defend the pro-life position effectively
2) The choice to have an abortion or not to have an abortion should not be based on subjective opinions; it should be based on the objective truth that human life begins at fertilization.
3) We are all pro-choice and anti-choice depending on the choices that are presented to us. For example, we are anti-choice as a nation towards stealing because the choice to steal is recognized as an objectively bad choice. We are pro-choice as a nation towards different colours of clothing because wearing a red shirt is not objectively better or worse than a blue shirt.
4) A discussion is not a lecture. You need to be genuinely interested in what this person believes about abortion. Both verbal and non-verbal communication are important for this…just watch this video and you’ll understand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JmA2ClUvUY
5) One way to engage someone in dialogue is to use the following three steps:
a. Find common ground
b. Tell a story (‘trot out a toddler’)
c. Ask a question
6) Many people are unaware that human life begins at conception. The following three questions can help them come to this conclusion for themselves:
a. If something is growing, is it living?
b. If something has human parents, is it human offspring?
c. Humans have human rights, don't they?
7) SLED is a good tool to use when explaining the differences between the fetus and us, and why these differences don’t give us grounds to abort:
b. Level of Development